Austria’s healthcare system is facing a crisis as hospital beds are blocked and staff shortages continue to worsen. The situation has prompted calls for a hospital summit, but the Ministry of Health has stated that ongoing reforms will address the issue.
Staff Shortages and Overcrowding in Austria’s Hospitals
The Austrian healthcare system is currently facing a severe crisis due to overcrowding and staff shortages. According to the GÖD health union and younion, 2,775 hospital beds are currently blocked, with almost 700 vacancies for doctors and 2,200 for nursing staff. This has led to an emergency situation, with patients unable to access the care they need.
Medical Association Criticizes Proposed Rest Period Change
The Medical Association has criticized a proposed legal change regarding rest periods, stating that it will place further pressure on healthcare workers who are already at their limits. The change is due to be discussed at the state health officer conference in Burgenland, but the Medical Association has called for a more comprehensive solution to the crisis.